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Does your other half accuse you of communicating only with grunts? Do the stresses of modern life make you hanker for a return to hunter-gathering? Find your inner Neolithic-self with some wild camping at Dernwood Farm Wild Camping.
Luckily, there’s no need to follow the Caveman Diet. Get your camp fire blazing and bag yourself some succulent steak, bangers and bacon from the farm shop (rated among the top five in the country). Sussex cattle and Saddleback/Large White pigs are raised locally and are perfect for your dinner. Given its quality, Dernwood Farm's produce is understandably popular, so it’s worth ordering your meat on arrival to make sure of getting exactly what you want.
The large wild camping field is tucked away in the midst of 70 acres of ancient woodland. No cars are allowed, so you’ll need to trundle your gear down a leafy lane using the barrows and trolleys supplied.
Once you have settled in, you can get to back to nature with some tree climbing, camp building and wildlife spotting: badgers, bunnies, buzzards and fallow deer can be spotted around the woods.
The campsite allows only a strictly limit number of visitors; you certainly won’t be tripping over other campers or listening to their music.
While the emphasis is on a peaceful, rural and eco-friendly experience, there are a few nods to modernity: two toilets, a shower block, a covered washing-up area with a stand pipe. Logs and tripods for the camp fires are also available on site.
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However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Golden Cross (East Sussex): Coach Stop
— 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Hailsham Coach Stop — 5.2 miles
5.2 miles Uckfield Bus Terminal — 5.7 miles
- Train stations
Buxted Rail Station
— 5.3 miles
5.3 miles Uckfield Rail Station — 5.6 miles
5.6 miles Berwick (Sussex) Rail Station — 6.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Newhaven Harbour Ferry Terminal
— 12.1 miles
London Gatwick Airport
— 22.5 miles
22.5 miles London Gatwick Airport South Terminal — 22.5 miles
22.5 miles Shoreham Brighton City Airport — 23.1 miles
Note to satnav users: our postcode covers a number of different farms and some satnavs will direct you to Summersbrook Farm to the north and Stream Farm to the south. Please just keep going and you will find us!
Directions from Golden Cross
Find Golden Cross on the A22, heading to Eastbourne from East Grinstead.
Turn to the left towards Chiddingly, just after the BP garage and opposite the Golden Cross pub.
You are now off the main road. After 1 mile, you'll reach a T-junction where you need to turn left in the direction of Chiddingly and pass through the village (the Six Bells pub is on your left, on a sharp left-hand bend). 300 yards after the pub, take the first right-hand turn into Parsonage lane. At the end of this lane there is a T-junction - go left.
A further 400 yards along this road, the road splits into a Y-junction - take the right hand fork down the hill to Dern Lane. Continue for 1 mile - you will pass a farm called Longshaw Farm on the left and Dernwood is the next farm on the left.
The car park is at the top of the drive through the wooden gate: please park up and come to the house or farm office by the house.
Directions from Horam
Head thorough the village on the A267 heading north-west towards Cross in Hand. After passing a small service station on the right-hand side turn left onto the lanes at Furnance Lane. After one mile take the first left turn signposted Chiddingly. Little Dernwood Farm is one mile down this road on the right at the top of the hill, opposite Copford Farm.
London Victoria to Lewes
London Bridge to Uckfield or Berwick
Guests can hire one of the site bikes and head off down the Cuckoo Trail, 11 miles of former railway track converted into a wildlife-friendly green corridor running from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park. The surfaced path is great for ramblers and horse riders too.
The moated splendour of Herstmonceux Castle will blow you away; take a tour of the interiors and the Elizabethan walled gardens before hitting the tea shop. Adjacent to the castle the Observatory Science Centre (combined tickets are available) with its domes, telescopes and hands-on fun.
Eight miles away from Dernwood is Bateman’s, the beautiful Jacobean home of Rudyard Kipling, preserved in its original splendour by the National Trust.
- Drusillas Park (8.0 miles)
- Batemans (8.2 miles)
- Alfriston Clergy House (9.1 miles)
- Bateman's (8.1 miles)
- Alfriston Clergy House (9.2 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.